Renato Ulrich says adieu

30 April 2014 19:08
Renato Ulrich won't soar through the air anymore - at least at Aerials comps
Renato Ulrich won't soar through the air anymore - at least at Aerials comps -
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After eleven years on the Swiss Aerials National Team, Renato Ulrich has drawn a line under his career.

But the 30-year-old Luzern native never forgot his first impression when he first met the sport he was competing over more than a decade.

15 years ago, Ulrich got in touch with aerials for the first time; but not on snow, it was at the water jump at the Jumpin Mettmenstetten.

“It was love at first sight in a way”, he remembers. “Back then, I never thought that I would once travel the world as part of the national team for eleven years competing with the best in the world.”

In January 2003 Ulrich celebrated his World Cup debut. 63 competitions followed, with five of them wrapping up with him on the podium.

In addition, the three-time Olympian (best result rank 12 in 2014) represented his country not only in Torino, Vancouver and Sochi but also at three World Championships (2003, 2009 and 2011). In his last two appearances at the worlds he missed the podium as fourth twice.

But after the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, the third ranked skier of the 2011 FIS World Cup Standings decided to call it a day: “It wasn't an easy decision for me, but the idea grew over the past years. And I guess the end of an Olympic circle is the right timing,” he said.